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Do you use Custom Error pages?
pageoneresults

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Msg#: 3830656 posted 8:50 pm on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Do you customize your Error Pages? Not just the normal ones, but some of the more technical ones? Since I track most activity in that area, I'm serving up custom error pages for those that are on me radar at the moment such as 401, 403, 404 and 500s.

I've been making the rounds lately and updating all default IIS Error Pages to carry the same look and feel for the website(s). I've also been adding Google's 404 enhancement and I like it!

Enhance your custom 404 page
[google.com...]

I just recently finished up one of our 403 Forbidden pages. Oh, that one was fun to build. So much so, I ended up starting Club 403. Hey, I figure if someone is going to generate the error page I might as well take advantage of the page view in some way and have a little fun with it in the process.

I'm sure most of you already have your 404 customized. If not, you're missing a great opportunity to keep visitors on your site!

Here are some previous topics related to errors and such...

Tracking of 400 Errors Part III
Are you being Proactive or Reactive
2008-06-13 - [webmasterworld.com...]

Tracking of 400 and 500 Errors Part II
Are you being Proactive or Reactive
2008-05-26 - [webmasterworld.com...]

Tracking of 400 and 500 Errors Part I
Are you being Proactive or Reactive?
2007-11-28 - [webmasterworld.com...]

And a more recent one regarding Custom 404 Page Content...

404 - Does page content matter?
2009-01-16 - [webmasterworld.com...]

^ It sure does matter, don't let that 404 visitor hit the back button!

 

bill

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Msg#: 3830656 posted 6:21 am on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've done custom 404's for most of my sites, but I really haven't had the time to go into the other errors. I'd be interested to hear whether others have gone beyond this level and why.

pageoneresults

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Msg#: 3830656 posted 9:49 am on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'd be interested to hear whether others have gone beyond this level and why.

I would too! I've already setup custom pages for the 4xx and 5xx series that are more common; 401, 403, 404 and 500s. Those 500s are mandatory! And so are the 404s. I'm also finding that it is interesting to watch the other 4xx errors that may be generated.

I've been following that fellow who goes by the name of IncrediBILL and listening to his Rants about Bad Bots and such. I do believe that guy is on to something and we've started to lock down our Windows Servers in response to increased probing, etc.

I've definitely noticed something since setting up the custom pages, the actual error counts are way down from what they normally are. I do believe that our Stern warnings and well thought out error pages are a deterrent in some instances. I know there are humans generating those errors in advance of letting loose their pesky little bots. If we can get them in advance, be proactive, then we don't have to chase the little buggers after the fact.

I really wish I would have stayed away from that IncrediBILL character, what a time suck this Bad Bot Business is! We've got a lineup of Enterprise solutions in the works and so does he for the *nix side of things.

I'm a man of me word. Last year I started a topic stating that we were going to be banning 75% of the planet in 2009 and moving forward. Well, we've started that process and will be slowly rolling it out across all of the servers under our control.

Ban 75% of the Planet
[webmasterworld.com...]

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Msg#: 3830656 posted 9:59 am on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

i just dropped this authoritative reference with helpful hints in another thread recently and it certainly applies here!

HTTP/1.1: Status Code Definitions:
[w3.org...]

Habtom

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Msg#: 3830656 posted 10:02 am on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

P1R, you missed my complete guide to Custom 404's [webmasterworld.com] ;)

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